Acute Appendicitis

Acute Appendicitis

If you experience sudden, sharp, localized pain on the right side of your lower abdomen or sudden pain that starts around your navel and sometimes runs to your lower right abdomen, you may have acute appendicitis.

The pain worsens with movement, walking or being touched, coughing, sneezing or even deep breathing.

In some cases, the pain is associated with nausea, vomiting and low-grade fever that may get worse as the condition progresses.

Visit your doctor immediately if you or your child has these worrisome signs or symptoms. Severe abdominal pain demands prompt medical attention.

What is Appendicitis?

Your appendix is a finger-shaped sac that is attached and opens into the lower end of your colon on the lower right side of the abdomen. See figure below.

Digestive System and Appendix